Ortega and Adenhart debut for new clubs
Adenhart wins with so-so results
Adenhart wins with so-so results

Posted Jul 3, 2006


While Anthony Ortega was impressive in his first appearance with the Kernels, it was the guy he replaced who came up with a victory in his debut performance with a new club. Ben Johnson mashed for the Quakes while Jason Aspito is getting things going at Triple-A. The short-season pitching, led by Sean O'Sullivan, was impressive while Peter Bourjos keeps getting involved in big plays.

Bees downed by Sacramento 7-4 (A’s)
A six-run fourth inning did in Salt Lake as Jeff Heaverlo lost his fourth decision in six starts since joining the club at the end of May. Heaverlo, a 28-year-old signed out of the independent leagues to help fill out the Bee’s rotation, yielded six runs – five earned – on five hits and four walks. He has now issued at least that many bases on balls in four starts and has 20 total in just 30.2 innings of work.

Jason Aspito, who got off to a slow start when he was first promoted to Triple-A last month, is on a roll now. The left-handed hitter from Chicago had a pair of hits and RBI and now has seven hits in his last 16 at-bats.

Travs have the night off
In a weird scheduling hiccup, Arkansas and Corpus Christi had Sunday off after splitting a double-header on Saturday. The clubs will resume their series on Monday.

Rancho wins big over Inland Empire (Mariners)
Nick Adenhart didn’t have his best stuff, but Ben Johnson and Baltazar Lopez carried him to a win in his first appearance in a Quakes uniform on a night when the wind was whipping out to right field.

Adenhart, who gave up more than three runs just twice in 16 Midwest League games, allowed four runs on eight hits against the 66’ers. As he did five times during his stint with the Kernels, he walked three, but he did not uncork a wild pitch.

Johnson had a career night, clubbing double and a pair of home runs to drive in six. The righty also drew a pair of walks and scored four times on the game. He last had two homers in a game last August, when he did it, ironically, against Inland Empire. After a slow start to the year, Johnson has improved his batting average each month and now has 23 extra-base hits in 184 at-bats.

Baltazar Lopez also had a strong day at the plate, hitting a three-run homer and driving in another with a single. The lefty had gone six weeks and 52 at-bats without an RBI coming into the game.

Kernels lose 4-3 to Dayton (Reds)
Anthony Ortega’s strong debut at Cedar Rapids wasn’t enough as a late-inning defensive lapse cost the Kernels the game on Sunday.

Ortega made his first start in the Midwest League after appearances earlier this season in Rancho Cucamonga as a reliever and Orem as a starter. The righty, who led the Dominican Summer League with a 0.86 ERA last year, gave up one run on five hits over 5.1 innings of work. After walking seven in 20 innings at his earlier stops, the 20-year-old allowed four free passes and two wild pitches for the Kernels. He did not allow the leadoff man to reach base in any inning of work.

Hainley Statia was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI, moving his average up to .333 when he hits in the third spot in the lineup. The switch-hitter has collected at least one base hit in nine of ten games, but also set up the Dragons’ winning run when he couldn’t field a likely double-play ball in the eighth inning. He has committed 15 errors in a league-high 409 total chances.

Owlz down Idaho Falls 2-1 (Royals)
For the second night in a row, Orem held the Chukars to just one run and scored a pair late to win it. The club moved in to sole possession of first place in the Pioneer League with the victory.

After driving in the winning run in two straight games, Peter Bourjos was the first Owl to come across the plate on Sunday. The right-handed hitter, who didn’t play after he was drafted last year, has hit in seven straight and now has a .353 average for Orem. He has, however, struck out 18 times – against just two walks – in 51 at-bats.

Sean O’Sullivan allowed his first earned run in three starts, giving it up one four hits in three innings of work. The win, however, went to Anthony Sullivan as he celebrated his 22nd birthday. For the second time in a week, the righty from St. John’s University went four shutout innings, giving up just a pair of hits. Last year’s 19th round selection has allowed seven earned runs in his other 4.1 innings of work on the year.

Felipe Arredondo, who is no relation to the Travelers’ starter, has begun his season with numbers that would make Jose proud. The native of Mexico has not given up a run through 10 innings of work in five appearances and has 14 strikeouts against only six runners allowed. He has allowed just one hit to righties in 19 at-bats.

AZL Angels lose to Padres 3-1
The Angels managed just three hits and committed a pair of errors to drop their sixth game in eight contests.

Alexander Torres took the loss after giving up a pair of runs in 4.2 innings of work. The righty was chased in the eighth when he allowed two of his four walks, then saw the final run score on a sacrifice fly yielded by Sammy Leon. Torres, who has worked at least four innings in each of his three appearances so far, struck out a season-high five Padres, but also cut loose his third wild pitch of the young year.

The Angels collected just three singles on the night. Their lone run came after Clayton Fuller, who had a pair of walks in the game, got lucky when he was picked off base but the throw from the first baseman went through for an error. Fuller has drawn six walks to help offset his .194 average in the opening weeks of his pro career.



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